Monday, August 24, 2015

Eraser Stamped Batman Shirt



Not to long ago I spied some t-shirts at the dollar store.  They had all kinds of sizes and colors so I grabbed a few knowing that decorating them would make a fun and inexpensive activity to do with my kids.  We used some of the shirts to make these festive patriotic shirts for the Fourth of July.  With the extras each of my children got to decide how they wanted to decorate their own shirt.

My super hero loving three year old decided that he wanted a batman shirt so batman it was!



He was super excited to wear his new shirt despite the long sleeves and the hot humid weather.



He was sure to wear what he calls his mean batman face as I snapped a few picture.  I just love this spunky and silly little boy!



Now that he has his mask, cape, and new shirt he's ready to go fight crime.  I found the batman mask on Amazon a few years ago for only $5 and the cape was another dollar store find.



I love how simple, fun, and fast these eraser stamped shirts are to make.

First things first--I washed the shirt.  This is always a good idea so it can preshrink.  It also washes away any chemicals on the fabric from manufacturing which may prevent the paint from being permanent.


To start out I traced and cut out the batman logo from freezer paper.  I then placed the shinny side of the logo onto the fabric and ironed it on using a medium setting.  Be sure to focus on the edges and points of the logo.  Iron for about 30 seconds to a minute.  The first time I used freezer paper for a project I applied a lot of heat and and lot of pressure and I couldn't get the freezer paper to come off of my fabric when I was done. I ruined my project.  Less is more here, but at the same time you want to make sure the paper is completely ironed on so no paint seeps under.


I then mixed in some textile medium to my black paint and used a new pencil eraser to stamp.  Be sure to place cardboard, wax paper, or freezer paper inside your shirt before you start stamping so the paint doesn't soak through to the back.  You really can't go wrong with the design.  I concentrated the dots more around the logo and then spaced them out as I got further away from it.


Once the paint drys you can peel away the freezer paper and your shirt is done!




Want more eraser stamped t-shirt ideas?  See the patriotic shirts we made here.



Monday, August 10, 2015

The Child Whisperer + A Giveaway! ***Giveaway Closed***


It's funny how the smallest everyday occurrences can make a big influence in your life.  For example, one time I happened to attend my church's book club, which I don't do very often, and a friend mentioned that her children were taking some very affordable private swimming lessons.  I signed my kids right up and it was such a blessing to help my very timid swimmers. I was so glad I went to book club that night or I would have never known about the lessons!

And another time, years ago, a friend of mine asked me if I had ever made a quiet book and that I should.  I had never wanted to take on such a big project but her little comment started churning ideas in my head of quiet book pages and before I knew it I was drawing up patterns and sewing quiet book pages.  Of course I wanted to share my completed project here, which later led to being contacted by a publishing company and publishing my book Quiet Book Patterns.

And then one time I happened to be on Facebook and saw my cousin mention a book called The Child Whisperer.  It sounded interesting so I picked up a copy from the library.  After reading the first chapter or two I decided this was a book I was going to want to keep, highlight, and reference so I bought myself a copy.  It was worth every penny.  This book has changed my life!


Carol Tuttle's book isn't like any other parenting book you've read before.  Other parenting books usually say if your child does A then you do B, but Carol instead explains that if we understand the true natures of our children and then parent to their natures our children will be happier and more cooperative.



We can discover the true natures of our children through energy profiling, which Carol explains in her book.  I have found energy profiling so interesting.  I have four children and somehow ended up with each of the energy types.  I have a serious child, sensitive child, determined child and fun-loving child. My first two kids are the serious child and the sensitive child.  Their energies are still.  You can imagine my surprise when my third child was born as a type three determined child.  He stomped around, was loud, and had a lot of energy.  I was exhausted and wasn't sure where I had gone wrong with him.  This was the point in my life when I picked up The Child Whisperer.  As I read about type three determined children I could hardly believe that Carol was describing my child exactly!  I quickly realized that there wasn't anything wrong with my high energy, active, and determined child.  He just had a type three personality.

I understand my son so much better now and in turn can parent him much better.  I realized he needed more opportunities to get his energy out and he needed chances to complete big tasks and be kept busy doing constructive projects.  Now I know when I need a big project done like raking the yard, or cleaning up stacks of dishes he is the child to ask.  He loves big projects, which is true of type three children. As I continued to read about each energy type, Carol continued to describe each of my children exactly.  This lady really is amazing! 

Since finishing The Child Whisperer I have learned so much about each of my children, about myself, about my friends, and even acquaintances.  I love how I simply understand people now and why they do things a certain way or act a certain way.  I am a much better person and a much more patient person!

If you are struggling to connect with your children in any way I highly recommend picking up a copy of The Child Whisperer.  I also have TWO copies of The Child Whisperer to give away today!

To enter to win simply leave a comment telling me what you love most about being a mother or father.

And because I want to get the word out about The Child Whisperer so it can help as many parents as possible you can earn a second entry by pinning this post on Pinterest OR sharing this giveaway on Facebook/Twitter and then leave a separate comment telling me you did.

Giveaway ends August 20, 2015.

Good luck!


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And the winners are . . .

Random.org pulled numbers 31 and 6. Congratulations Jenni and Kortney!  I will be contacting your shortly with the details.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Healthy Dark Chocolate Fudgesicles


Our summers here are hot, sweaty and sticky.  Yuck!  That's one thing this California raised girl dislikes most about the mid-west -- humidity!  I depend heavily on cool treats to help me get through the hot summers.  These dark chocolate fudgesicles have become one of my favorites.  We make a lot of homemade popsicles and I've found a lot of them turn out icy.  The secret ingredient to keeping these popsicles smooth and soft is gelatin!  It's amazing the difference a little gelatin can make.  Go ahead and give these a try.  I just know you'll the the rich chocolaty flavor and the smooth creamy texture.




Dark Chocolate Fudgesicles
(adapted from this recipe)

1 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
2 egg yolk
1/2 cup honey
dash of Real Salt
1 1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin (I use this kind)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, roughly chopped

1. Soften the gelatin by placing it in a small bowl with the vanilla.

2. Warm the coconut milk in a pot over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stir occasionally and do not let boil.  Meanwhile mix the egg yolk, honey, and salt in a small bowl.  Slowly poor the hot coconut milk into the egg mixture, mixing continuously to temper the eggs.

3. Pour the mixture back into the pot and continue to cook on medium heat for about five minutes, stirring constantly.  Do not allow the mixture to boil.

4.  Pour the gelatin mixture into the pot and whisk vigorously until the gelatin has dissolved, about two minutes.

5. Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate until melted and smooth.  Let pudding cool at room temperature about 20 minutes and then pour into molds.  Place in freezer for up to six hours or until firm.

Enjoy!


Monday, July 13, 2015

Stick People


I was recently working on some different projects in my guest room/craft room when in wandered my youngest son who is 3 1/2.  As we chatted I realized that it had been an awful long time since I'd done a craft with him.  This year has been non-stop and with kindergarten pick-up midday and a new baby in the house which just hadn't left a lot of time (or energy) for fun stuff.  I began to feel a little sad that the two of us hadn't done as many crafts as I did with his older brothers.  So right then and there I opened up a drawer with all sorts of craft supplies and we began.  No planning or prep.  Nothing thought of in advance.  We just started pulling out supplies and came up with something on the spot.  We had a great time!

We ended up making some little stick puppets.  We used popsicle sticks, googly eyes, tissue paper, construction paper, pipe cleaners, yarn, markers, and a little organza bag!  



My son was so proud of these little puppets.  He showed them to anyone who would look and listen to him. I guess what I learned is that you don't need a grand idea or even a ton of awesome supplies--just start creating and let your imagination run wild!  Your children will thank you!





Monday, June 29, 2015

General Conference Quote Board



I've written several posts in the past about engaging your children during General Conference and preparing them beforehand.  About a month ago a friend of mine, Kensie of Kensie M Photography, shared a way that she keeps the messages from conference hanging around the house--literally.  




Honestly, this one of the quicker projects I've done in a while!    First, I gathered a good collection of quotes from this past General Conference and pinned them.  You can find them all on my Conference Board on Pinterest.  Next, I saved them and cropped them to be 6 x 8.  (My frame was 36 x 24 so this allowed me to have 18 total quotes in my frame.)  After printing them on cardstock I arranged them--and then rearranged a few times--until I was satisfied.  I then flipped the quotes over into the frame and taped them together with masking tape.  

I've seen my boys reading them as they head downstairs and it makes my heart happy to know that they are continuing to internalize the wonderful messages we have been taught.  I love to have a visual reminder of those words hanging in my home. 

And just for you I'm sharing a printable I created with one of my favorite quotes.  Enjoy!







Monday, June 15, 2015

Eraser Stamped Patriotic Shirts (Using Dollar Store Tees)


Hey, I just wanted to let you know that my book Quiet Book Patterns is on sale right now through Amazon for only $7.90!  This is the lowest price I've seen it selling for!  Now's a great time to grab a copy and buy one to give away as a gift too!  Purchase your copy here.
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The Fourth of July is one of my very favorite holiday's.  I love the parades, and the red, white, and blue, and the patriotic music, and the food and fireworks, and spending time with family.  This is a land that I love!

A few weeks when I was shopping I noticed the patriotic shirts on display.  As I was browsing through them I remembered that I had spied some t-shirts at the dollar store and thought it would be fun for my kids and I to make our own patriotic shirts for the fourth of July.  I mean for $1 why not?  Here is what we came up with inspired by this shirt that I saw at Target:






I love how they turned out and they were so simple to make.


First things first--I washed my shirts.  This is always a good idea so they can preshrink.  It also washes away any chemicals on the fabric from manufacturing which may prevent the paint from being permanent.  I still can't believe I snagged these tees at Dollar Tree! You really can't beat the prince for a fun craft project.  I was lucky to find one in each of my kids sizes and they even had some in my daughters size in a girl cut.  



To start out I traced and cut out a star from freezer paper.


I then placed the shinny side of the star onto the fabric and ironed it on using a medium setting.  Be sure to focus on the edges and points of the star.  Iron for about 30 seconds to a minute.  The first time I used freezer paper for a project I applied a lot of heat and and lot of pressure and I couldn't get the freezer paper to come off of my fabric when I was done. I ruined my project.  Less is more here, but at the same time you want to make sure the paper is completely ironed on so no paint seeps under.


I then mixed in some textile medium to my red and blue paint and used a new pencil eraser to stamp.  Be sure to place cardboard, wax paper, or freezer paper inside your shirt before you start stamping so the paint doesn't soak through to the back.


You really can't go wrong with the design.  I concentrated the dots more around the star and then spaced them out as I got further away from it.


Once the paint drys you can peel away the freezer paper and your shirt is done!


This project is very kid friendly.  My children had a blast making their very own fourth of July shirts.  Now they're busy making a bunch of red, white, and blue rainbow loom bracelets so once July fourth rolls around they'll have plenty of patriotic things to wear.


Cute kids.  Cute made-by-them shirts.



Since these dollar store shirts where such an incredible deal we grabbed a few more is different colors too.  Stay tuned to see what we made with those!


Monday, June 1, 2015

Main Squeeze + A Giveaway! ****Giveaway Closed****


A friend was recently telling me about these handy little contraptions that are perfect for squeezing out every last drop of anything that comes in a tube--and because I'm a penny pincher I love them.  If you're a penny pincher you'll love them too. They're called Main Squeeze and I have fallen in love with them.  So have my kids.



The frugal side of me works hard to get every last drop out of my tubes and bottles and that is why I am thrilled with these little lovelies.  They are perfect for items in the bathroom like toothpaste, make-up, diaper rash cream, lotion, sunscreen or medicines.  They also come in handy in the kitchen for things like frosting or piping bags, and even work wonderfully for crafty things like paint or glue.


You simply slip them on the top of your tubes and they squeeze everything right down to the bottom.  My nine year old thinks they're just about the greatest thing ever since it prevents her three year old brother from making a squishy mess of the toothpaste tube.


I have to say I was really surprised how well it "smooshed" everything in my tubes down to the bottom and then how well it holds it's place without wiggling or moving around.  This Main Squeeze is really secure and works just how I had hoped!  Pretty cool, huh?


If you're wondering where to buy these beauties you can find them HERE.  And because I'm so thrilled with how well these work I want to share the love! I'm giving away one package of Main Squeezes to one lucky reader.  To enter to win simply leave a comment below telling me one thing you do to be frugal . . . and that's it.  Giveaway ends June 9, 2015 11:59 PDT.


And the winner is . . .


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Bonnie!

Congratulations Bonnie on winning a package of Main Squeeze!  I know you'll love them as much as me.



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Abolitionist Mom Auction

This week I'm helping to support an online silent auction to raise money for Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.).  It is a non-profit organization that goes undercover around the world to rescue child victims from sex slavery.  I think we can all agree that this is a cause worth supporting.

Take a minute to visit Kiki and Company and view the items up for auction and to place a bid.  100% of the profits go to O.U.R.

To learn more about O.U.R. go HERE.